Opening Remarks and Presentations of the 2017 NBAA Dr. Tony Kern Professionalism in Aviation Awards

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Presented by: David Ryan, NBAA Safety Committee Chair; Ed Bolen, NBAA and Hon. Earl Weener, NTSB

Fitness for Duty

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Moderated by: Greg Farley, John Deere Aviation and Jeff Wofford, CommScope
Presented by: Dr. Quay Snyder, Aviation Medicine Advisory Service, and Kent Stauffer, Constant Aviation
Aviation professionals performing safety-sensitive functions must ensure fitness for duty, regardless of discipline. This panel discussion will focus on practical ways to implement Fitness for Duty programs in small and large business aviation operations.


10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Airport and Ground Handling Safety

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Moderated by: Hardy Bullock, Truckee Tahoe Airport Authority and Paul Ratté, USAIG
Presented by: Gene Velazquez, One Mile Up; Lou Sorrentino, AvMassi; Bob Schick, TacAir; Terry Yeomans, IBAC; Greg Farley, John Deere Aviation and Gino Matteoni, Signature Flight Support

Millions of dollars each year are spent because of aviation ground collisions, which involve aircraft, hangars, ground support equipment, and people, making this the most frustratingly expensive NBAA Top Safety Focus area. This panel of industry experts will facilitate discussions surrounding necessary steps and mitigations to avoid these scenarios, while directly addressing the roles of flight crew, ground handlers, and schedulers/dispatchers.

High Altitude Wake Turbulence Decision Making to Avoid Loss of Control

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Moderated by: Paul “BJ” Ransbury, Aviation Performance Solutions and Tom Huff, Gulfstream
Presented by: Capt. John Cox, Safety Operating Systems; Capt. Etienne Cote, Bombardier; Capt. Randall Brooks, Aviation Performance Solutions and Dann Runik, FlightSafety International

As Loss of Control Inflight (LOC-I) accidents result in more fatalities that any other accident category, this panel will focus on the LOC-I escalation process, associated causes, decision making and a diversity of pilot interventions.

Closing Remarks

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Presented by: David Ryan, NBAA Safety Committee Chairman

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